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“Raw history” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aiken-Rhett House

Aiken-Rhett House
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour
Ranked #14 of 229 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: The Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street, c. 1820, Is unique in many ways. For example, it remained in the hands of family descendents for 142 years until it was sold to The Charleston Museum and opened as a museum house in 1975. Historic Charleston Foundation purchased the house in 1995 and adopted a conservation approach to the interpretation of this important house and its outbuildings.
New York City, New York
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“Raw history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

Audio tour makes the home come alive. Seeing the home preserved and not redecorated leaves more to the imagination and avoids the 'movie set' look. We had a great time. Parking is tough since most spots are reserved for residents. There are available spots around the corner. The neighborhood there looks tough.

Visited February 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Not restored .. best sense of life in the day ..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

We loved our tour of this beautiful old mansion. It has not been restored and great strides have been and continue to be made to preserve the rooms and grounds. This allowed one to get such a great sense of what life was like for those who lived in the home, and the amount of work involved in the construction, renovation and upkeep. We loved the grounds. You can envisage the carriages pulling in under the magnolia trees! The self guided tour is well narrated and well paced. This was an excellent experience.

Visited February 2014
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North Carolina
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“Loved this old mansion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

Best part, they gave you some earphones to take a self guided tour. This mansion was in the historical area of Charleston. We really enjoyed our visit there. Allow an hour to tour the home and grounds.

Visited January 2014
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Summerville, South Carolina
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“best house tour ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2014

i LOVE this house because you can walk and tour this at your own speed because this is an audio tour

Visited April 2013
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philadelphia, pa
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“A great house but one problem”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

this is a very interesting house and has a lot of history behind it, but the self guided audio tour was a NITEMARE. we had to go back two or three times to get a new set of headphones...many people were having issues with the headsets... that said, I was there a year ago and had no problems at all. They must have made a change but not for the better. The house itself is NOT fixed up ...they are showing you the original wall paper, floor boards, etc. so it is not like going to a remodeled or renovated house. But that is its charm

Visited January 2014
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